Making the Cost of Dentures Affordable Without Insuranceby Jodie Norquist - posted 12/21/2012
If you are missing a few or most of your teeth you understand how life-changing a set of dentures could be. If you're having difficulty chewing your food or even talking to people because you're afraid they'll notice your missing teeth, it's time to do something about it. The cost of dentures shouldn't be a factor in making an investment in your health and well-being.
But dentures cost a good deal of money. How much do dentures cost? A full set of dentures cost an average of about $3,000, but can vary anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000 or even more, depending on the dental procedures required, materials used and where you live in the country. Dental fees vary from region to region, and even from urban to rural dental practices.
There are different types of dentures. If you've lost all of your teeth, you'll need a complete set of dentures, either immediate or conventional. Immediate dentures are used right after you've had teeth removed and you wear them for a few months until your gums and jaw have fully healed. As your body heals, the shape of your mouth will change as your gums and jaw bone shrinks. A conventional set of dentures will then be created for you to wear after your gums and jaw have gone through these changes.
If you still have some of your own natural teeth, you may be fitted with a partial denture, which can be fixed or removable. Partial dentures cost anywhere from $300 to $4,000 or more, depending on the materials used, the amount of dental work required and where in the country you live.
Fortunately, many dental insurance providers will pay for some or the entire cost of dentures if they are deemed medically necessary. If you don't have dental insurance, these costs can seem staggering.
Cheap dentures may seem the most economical route, but sometimes you get what you pay for. A quality set of dentures or partial dentures cost more, but may save you money and fit better in the long run.
There are ways to save money on dentures if you are uninsured. Some dentists will offer senior discounts or discounts to patients who pay upfront or with cash. It's good to shop around and to call dental offices to find out how much they charge for dentures and the procedures you'll need, including tooth extractions.
Dentures for low-income patients are available through many state health insurance plans or at free health clinics. Many dentistry schools and universities that offer dental programs provide free or low-cost dental care for low-income patients, including dentures.
A discount dental plan can be an easy and affordable way to save money on dental care if you know you need dentures. A discount dental plan can provide substantial savings of 20 to 60 percent off of your dental costs.
Participating dentists are willing to provide discounts to those who sign up for discount dental plans. These discounts can be applied right in the office to you for dental exams, cleanings and major dental work, including root canals, dentures and crowns. It is a good option for people who don't have dental insurance or a Medicare plan that offers dental coverage.
Dentures can be a costly investment but necessary for cosmetic and health reasons. It doesn't mean you have to pay full price when you're seated in the dental chair.